Pictured are William Hare’s Korean War Medal, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Badge for his bravery while serving our country in the Korean War. Hare will serve as Grand Marshall of this year’s Baldwinsville Memorial Day Parade.
Baldwinsville Commemoration of Memorial Day will extend through Wednesday in Baldwinsville.
As is tradition for the village, the Memorial Day Parade will take place on May 30 as was originally ordered by General John A. Logan on May 5, 1868.
“The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country,” General Logan’s Orders begins (for the full reading, see page 6).
While all service men and women will be honored and remembered during this year’s commemoration, there will be a special focus on veterans of the Korean War with Baldwinsville’s William “Bill” Hare, a veteran of the Korean War, serving as the parade’s Grand Marshall.
“We are honoring our Korean War Veterans this year, and Bill is a decorated Korean War Vet,” said Sarah Baker, a co-coordinator of the annual Memorial Day Parade. “He was wounded at Pork Chop Hill, a renowned battle in the Korean War.”
Another local resident being honored on the 30th is Charles “Chuck” Brooks, a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, who will serve as President of the Day and as a guest speaker during the ceremony following the parade.
“[Chuck] is one of our own, a graduate of CW Baker High School, and he exemplifies what is finest in the young people who go through or school system,” Baker said.. “He has come back to be part of his home town and community.”
The parade portion of the commemoration will feature music from the following marching bands: CNY Police and Fire Band; Marc DuBois Pipers; City of Syracuse Highland Pipe and Drums; CW Baker High School Band; and Baldwinsville Community Band.
In addition, the 122nd Regiment Infantry “Onondagas” re-enactors will again march in the parade, and afterward will be stationed at the Civil War Monument at Riverview Cemetery for the memorial service immediately following the parade.